Intuit loves small businesses! Come join one of Intuit's Pro Advisors in a Financial Literacy working session. Bring your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and learn how to easily set your company up for success. By attending, you will have the infrastructure in place to begin tracking those all-important first sales and have your financial data compiled into a convenient location to be able to ensure your business model is on track and give you a leg up when talking with potential investors. Please note this event is repeated later on September 22 and 23.

12:00 - 14:00
2 hours
375 Water Street, Suite 200


Lawyer with Kent Employment Law, Erin Kizell will discuss the following topics for an in-depth one hour discussion followed by a Q&A session:

  1. The legal distinction between an employee and an independent contractor
  2. Best practices for employment contracts
  3. Overtime minimum requirements
  4. Dismissing employees - how to calculate severance pay

WHY ATTEND: a little bit of early learning about employment law basics can be a HUGE help to startups as they grow. Learn about costly mistakes to avoid, and how to do it right from Day 1.

14:00 - 15:30
1 hour 30 minutes
375 Water St., Suite 200

From games to education and everything in between, the first VR City Demo Night will showcase what's possible in virtual reality. From Powered Headsets to PhoneVR, you'll have an opportunity to slip on a headset and dive into VR.

We’ll have 8 demo stations, including local indie game Mutato Match and their HTC Vive full room headset. As well, the PhoneVR Google Cardboard Showcase will let attendees load VR experiences on their phones and try it out themselves.

For full details on the demos, check out

WHY ATTEND: to get your hands on the coolest new virtual reality tech.

16:00 - 21:00
5 hours
341 Water St

BC's best new companies have been competing for $300,000 in cash and prizes through the BCIC - New Ventures Competition. Check out the 10 finalists, find out who wins for each category, and enjoy appies and drinks followed by the official kickoff social for Vancouver Startup Week.

Top 10 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

WHY ATTEND: meet some of Vancouver's hottest new tech companies. When they're Uber-successful you can say "I knew them when".

17:00 - 19:30
2 hours 30 minutes
319 Main St

Join us for the official kickoff social for Vancouver Startup Week, taking place immediately after the BCIC - New Ventures Awards Ceremony.

Hosted by our friends at the Vancouver Economic Commission and graciously supported by the amazing people of Microsoft. Come join us!

WHY ATTEND: start to build relationships with your fellow #VSW2015 participants, which you'll grow over the course of the week.

19:30 - 22:00
2 hours 30 minutes
319 Main St